It’s been a busy week, and still a bunch of things to do around the house before a short work-trip this coming week, so nothing like the present time to play around a bit editing some more puffins to share with you.
After leaving the island in the afternoon, we toured a bit around the shoreline for several different views, which provided the opportunity to see these lovely birds floating on the calm sea. I’m still not sure, if they were just passing each other or they couldn’t agree on the direction to the next tasty morsel of fish.
Part of the fun was observing all the interactions among the puffins; these two atop the rock stood there for quite a while, as if to decide who was getting the best spot in the neighborhood; of course, the referee might be the only winner in this contest!
As 2021 enabled us to slowly, carefully head back toward travel and exploration of our world, I did manage to take a photography trip to Acadia National Park in the wonderful state of Maine.
Acadia is an exciting park to visit, as it presents a wealth of photography opportunities with excellent variety. During this trip, we photographed the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, sunsets in Bar Harbor, lighthouses and nature in its many manifestations. It was a great way to unwind!
A side trip took us to Machias-Seal Island, which territory is disputed between Canada and the United States. The benefit of this dispute is that small groups are allowed to visit the island’s puffin colony, weather permitting. As our guide had reserved our tour’s spot well in advance (spots sell out in early January), and the weather cooperated, we had the pleasure of spending several hours photographing from blinds, as we were surrounded by puffins everywhere. Here’s one shot from that magical time.
There were hundreds, if not thousands of puffins around us. From time to time, some of them would even run across the top of our blind, giving us a pitter patter of little puffin feet as a sound track.
This image was shot using a Canon EOS R5 using the amazing Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens. This lens absolutely blew me away with the image quality that it was able to produce.
Welcome to the 214th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Thank you for your patience, as i’ve been tardy; the final stages of our bathroom remodel made for a bit of extra work on my part that I hadn’t planned for. The results were worth it, I think.
Thank you for a lovely set of posts on the theme of Assemble, which were both creative and inspiring; as always, it was an absolute pleasure to read your posts and interpretations of the theme. Please, take a moment and peruse your fellow bloggers’ posts.
One of you inspired me to look for this assembly…
If I remember correctly, it took me more than 30 shots to get these geese to line up in some semblance of proper assembly, as they didn’t heed my requests at all; luckily the light held for this period of time, which made for a rather pleasing image.
With a couple of magnificent photos, David brings us a sizable assembly of Snow Geese in David M’s Photoblog; I can imagine the amount of noise that many geese produce!
Sandy also brings us incredible numbers of birds in her post in Out of my Write Mind, as they assemble for an epic migration! Awesome post!
Maria reminds us of something else that we miss in our current times with her post in Kamerapromenader; morning assembly is just not the same without being surrounded by schoolchildren!
Khürt might feel challenged to assemble the words that express his feelings at the moment; his post in Island in the Net demonstrates that he can present much more than a 1,000 words with a single image!
Michelle brings us a wonderful expression of human ability to assemble and create art out of anything in her post in Take a walk and discover!
Susan brings us a lovely image of something that many of us yearn to re-create in her post in Musin’ with Susan: the ability to assemble around the dining room table with family and friends! Also, please take a look at Susan’s week of photos in review in Musin’ with Susan; this post is filled with wonderful images!
It might be difficult to get everything to line up perfectly, as we can see in the lovely post in A Day in the Life; those ducklings don’t want to assemble in a line without a good reason!
Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!
Welcome to the 213th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Your views of tomorrow provided a wonderful spectrum of our hopes and dreams, as well as a dose of reality that has framed us in this pandemic. As an optimist, I very much connect to your hopes and dreams, and, as a connector, I want to bring each of you along on that vision of a better tomorrow. We may struggle through these times, but our spirit shall not be doused, as we come through all this stronger, more experienced and a bit wiser.
Thank you for a wonderful set of entries that have made me smile, caused me to think and more than anything allowed me to appreciate the wonderful place in the universe, where I find myself: connected to you!
Let’s unfold our tomorrows…
Translucence and natural structures always intrigue me, which made this stunning leaf an easy choice for a subject; what struck me is that it also gave me a sense of the phoenix, rising out of nothing into beauty.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Nicole kicks off this theme’s responses with a wonderful photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; the catkins give us hope for a wonderful tomorrow!
Diane gives us views of tomorrow in her post in pensivity101, which all of us will enjoy, as much as we love our favorite places.
Debbie shares lovely paths in her post in Travel with Intent, which I, for one, look forward to traversing!
Hammad takes us on the wings of birds in his post in the Blog of Hammad Rais; these wings take us into the future, not knowing what lies ahead tomorrow. Great post!
Teresa has a clear vision of what she wants in her tomorrow, as we can see in her post in My Camera & I; may that hug be in the near future!
Carol gives us a lovely view of tomorrow in her post in Light Words; in few tomorrows those will be even lovelier!
Indira looks forward to the days of mask-free life in her post in Sharing Thoughts, and rediscovering what we used to take for granted!
Sheetal has acquired a new skill that she shares in her post in Sheetalbravon; you should go check what it is, as it can come in handy!
In a lovely post in the blog Sound Mind Journey, we are treated to a haiku that embodies the spirit of tomorrow!
Ken is looking for a live audience in his tomorrows in his post in Pictures without Film; of course, this thought of tomorrow leads to the next theme…
Brian’s photos of tomorrow are filled with hope and future songs in his post in Bushboys World; although, I’ve never figured out what age is too old for rock’n’roll!
The blog Land of Images is a treasure trove of photography, and the view of tomorrow that is shared is stunning!
Xenia has a wonderful view of tomorrow in words and images in her post in Tranature, which makes us want to see it even sooner! Continuing the story in Whippetwisdom, we enjoy the fun had by Eivor and Pearl, as they cherish each moment in their playground!
The images in the post for this theme in A Day in the Life are just stunning, as I can see myself sitting back and taking in the view, while anticipating what tomorrow might bring.
I’d like to encourage each of you to not only look at this week’s entry in Don’t Hold Your Breath, but also take the time to read about what is important for our tomorrows! Wonderful post!
Sandy fills us with hope in her post in Out of my Write Mind, as the Sun will come out and we have much to look forward to!
I expect that many among us have similar anticipations for tomorrow to those expressed in Don’t Forget the Half; lovely post and great destinations!
David brings us along for his tomorrow, as he uses that day for a walk around the neighborhood. We get to see his wonderful captures from that walk in his post in David M’s Photoblog.
Maria visualizes a future, in which people come together in workplaces in her post in Kamerapromenader; I, too, miss the human interaction of our work environments!
Great thoughts are found in another wonderful post in Sgeoil, as the seeds of today are the flowers of tomorrow.
Rupali’s post in the lovely blog Mazeepuran touches deeply on the importance of embracing our present, as we reach for tomorrow.
Khürt manages to reach deep within himself and share the aspect of our becoming an automaton in the pandemic, with a fantastic post in Island in the Net; let’s continue to work toward the shared photowalk, and that pint after work! We shall overcome!
Please let all these wonderful authors know how much you enjoy their blog posts!
Welcome to the 206th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
My apologies for the very late posting of this round up; I’m finally coming up for air amidst all the business goings-on that are flowing forth from this pandemic of ours. I hope that you and yours are doing well during this testing time. At this point, I’ve recovered from the unusual experience of air travel during coronavirus adjustments.
Thank you for the amazing responses to the theme of Hope; as always, your creativity shows itself in many different expressions. Each with its own unique flavor and outlook.
Hope is around us, wherever we look…
Tower Hill Botanic Garden might be closed during this period, but rest assured that Nature’s design is not thwarted by any virus, as Nature, like all of us, might have to take a different path, as a destiny filled with hope lies ahead.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Michelle kicks things off for the theme with a great photo of rose apple in bloom in Take a Walk…and Discover! Awesome shot filled with hope!
There’s nothing like the hope of that special bit of fortune at the races, as we see pictured in theOnlyD800intheHameau; is it a sure bet?
Diane reminds us that each dawn brings new hope in her wonderful post in pensivity101; lovely post and photos!
Bren brings us an absolutely stunning shot in her post in Brashley Photography; the magnolia blossom bud really brings the hope of Spring!
Tatiana shares an amazing shot in her post in Giftsmart; the composition and colors just jump off the screen!
Spring may be hiding, as we see in a great post in The Jesh Studio, but I expect that we’re hoping for its beauty and warming breezes everywhere!
Carol brings us hope on the wing in her post in Light Words; that shot of the monarch butterfly is stunning and screams Spring!
Nandini continues with her great haikus in her post in queennandini; she has a knack for them and lets the hope shine through!
Viveka reminds us to appreciate the hope in our current situation and what people do to ensure we don’t lose sight of what’s important in a wonderful post in myguiltypleasures; thank you!
Jackie’s collection of photos in JunkBoat Travels literally brings us signs of hope in several different ways; great post!
There’s definitely a place where hope comes from, as highlight in a cool post in Does Writing Excuse Watching… star nurseries are the creators of the stuff that life is made of!
Marianne brings us the hopeful vision of flowers in the Spring in her post in Kanlaon; those are truly beautiful!
Hannah shares another stunning photo in her post in Zebra’s Child; hope very much springs alive in this image! Of course, Hannah brings us even more beauty in another post in Zebra’s Child that is filled with hope!
Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom emphasizes how dog and human provide support for one another; they fill us with hope, as much as we provide it for them! In a second post in Tranature, we are treated to some more photos taken through the sphere lens…they are gorgeous!
Teressa brings us the hope of renewal, as she highlights some of the forms that it might take in Nature in Another LQQk; wonderful post!
Sandy demonstrates that hope springs forth in her post in Out of my Write Mind; not only from the ground, but also from her mind!
In a wonderful post in Peace of Life Today, Lisa shows us a true vision of hope in all of Nature’s glory!
Come to me, says the spider in a beautiful photo in Land of Images, where same spider holds out hope: for a meal!
Mark shares an absolutely stunning shot in his post in Schlink’s Shots; the tenderness of the little flower is filled with hope!
Sarah brings us a gorgeous shot of Australian Wattle in her post in By Sarah; the gentle shade of yellow cannot help, but bring hope!
Nicole’s lovely photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme brings us hope for life on many levels: the flower, the bee, and ultimately, all of us!
For this theme there’s another wonderful post in Don’t Hold Your Breath! Not only do we get to see more birds during this quiet, but we also get to hear them in this post! Thank you!
Ken’s photo in Pictures without Film is filled with the luminescence that radiates the power of life from its every pixel; amazing shot!
Cee always brings out some of the best in photography, and her photos in the post in Cee’s Photo Challenges are just fantastic!
Hope emanates from every image in another lovely post in A Day in the Life; skipping along the beach is just one of those rare pleasures!!
Deb has an eye for the unusual, as we can see in her photo in Twenty Four; the tableau is rather unusual, and evokes bon esperance!
Welcome to week 206 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
As we continue to connect around the globe, and Spring has started in the Northern hemisphere, I thought it might be time for a fresh outlook. That’s why I thought it might be good to set this week’s them to that of Hope! With the new season and lengthening daylight, each of us can feel a bit more hopeful about what lies ahead. Your challenge is to capture Hope in a manner that speaks to you in your posts and to spread as much hope as possible across this globe of ours!
Please have fun with this theme and, above all, be safe and healthy!
This is a moment of Spring’s promise from 8 years ago..
This lovely blossom is a harbinger of better weather and fruits to be grown during the upcoming seasons.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
Please be safe, communicate with one another and bring hope to all!
Welcome to the 188th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Thank you all very much for your creative posts on this week’s theme of Peace! It’s clear from your posts that each of you are passionate about the subject and that there’s much that we can do around the globe to work toward a more peaceful existence for all! I really appreciate the thought that you put into your posts, as they were wonderful to read!
Thank you for another great week!
Here’s another bit of peace…
For me, spending a cold January day out on the beach and capture some interesting images, as I’m surrounded by the peace and quiet of Nature. This particular day was after a week of heavy snow, so that there was still snow on the beach, which is not a frequent sight. The day was windy and cold, but my heart was filled with peace from the experience.
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Our theme of peace is kicked off this week by Maria in Sagittarius Viking, as she takes us to a truly peaceful location in the Mojave Desert!
Nicole shares a truly powerful image in her wonderful post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, as her image touches something inside all of us!
In a wonderful post in her blog Sharing Thoughts, Indira captures one of those awesome moments!
TiongHan shares another amazing photo in his post in TiongHan’s Blog; this is one of those images that you can just look at for hours!
Diane provides some great peaceful images in her post in pensivity101; between gardening and dogs, it doesn’t get much better!
Kammie brings some amazing skies in her post in Nut House Central, which provide a truly peaceful backdrop!
The wonderful photo in Land of Images brings a complete sense of peace to my mind; it provides a great subject for meditation!
Xenia, Eivor and Pearl enjoy the peace of the gentle surf that reaches for the shore in a great post in whippetwisdom. Xenia has a second post in Tranature that really breathes peace into life!
I can understand why the location in theOnlyD800intheHameau is their go-to location for peace and relaxation in Abu Dhabi; what a pool!
Na’ama shares another powerful poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda, as she focuses on a piece of peace!
Maria shares the peace that she feels when going for a walk with her camera in a great set of photos in Kamerapromenader; I particularly like the drops of water on the branch.
Nandini brings us a wonderful set of haikus and images in another excellent post in queennandini; peace speaks loud in this post!
Bren takes us back into the past with a wonderful pair of photos in Bren & Ashley Ryan Photography; both images give that sense of an era that was more peaceful…
Jackie finds a peace sign in her post in Junkboat Travels, that we can find in the Distillery District in Toronto; great photos!
Tatiana has found a great set of cold, snowy locations in her post in Travelways; it may be cold, but Montana, Idaho and Washington look stunning!
Sandy brings us a complete sense of peace in her post in Out of my Write Mind, both through her photos and the stunning poem!
David shares the sense of peace that he experiences photographing sunrises in David M’s Photoblog: I can relate to that sense of being one with the world around us.
In radhikasreflection we get to experience peace through a lovely set of images that range from Nature to the spiritual!
Viveka features a powerful symbol of non-violence in myguiltypleasures; the knotted gun is a centerpiece for activism that focuses on reducing and stopping violence in our society.
Debbie features an amazing set of sculptures of giant hands that were part of the Biennale exhibition in Venice in her post in Travel with Intent; there are a stunning set of examples of how connections can be made!
In another great post in A Day in the Life, we experience a sense of peace that is brought on by being near water; a sentiment that I can relate to!
In a fantastic post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we are introduced to an elephant orphanage, which allows these lost ones to find peace. Amazing place!
Welcome to the 185th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! First of all, my apologies for the delayed posting of this round up; I’ll do better for the current one!
There was plenty of creativity on display in your responses to the theme of Steep! There were some rather dizzying heights and the steepest of stairs to climb, as well as a couple of drinks that were appropriately steeped. It was an absolute pleasure to read each and every one of your posts!!
Thank you for all the creative energy that you put into these posts!!
Here is a rather steep perch…
These seagulls are nesting on the cliffs of the Isle of Staffa, off the coast of Mull; this uninhabited island is well-known for its large numbers of puffins. So I came armed with a stunning 400mm diffractive optics lens to explore the island and find absolutely zero puffins! There were plenty of seagulls, which were so easy to approach that I had to back up with this lens, so that they could fit in the frame of the picture…
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Ed was first out of the blocks this week with some great steep photos in his post in In My Mind’s Eye. Great stair climbing exercise there!
Diane shows us that steep can be experienced from a boat in her post in pensivity101, as the other end of the lock is a lot higher up!
With a couple of beautiful photos in TiongHan’s Blog we get a real appreciation of how steep things can be! That art installation is amazing!
Nicole takes us into the Peak District in England with a gorgeous photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme; Mam Tor is an inviting hike!
Hohenzollern Castle in Germany is an amazing location, and the photo in F2.8_iso100 highlights its beauty very well!
Cee’s photos in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges definitely show off some steep locales; in particular, Mount Hood looks rather imposing down the road!
The stairs in the photo in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post might be too steep to stand, but they do provide an opportunity for one of life’s little victories!
Tatiana’s post in her blog Travelways takes us to Acapulco to a site that I visited many years ago: la Quebrada is well-known for its cliff divers, which is not something for the inexperienced! In her post in Vegas Great Attractions, Tatiana touts the benefits of jumping… I’m sure it is a thrill, but I’m not convinced to go out and do it! Would you?
Maria takes us to a gorgeous area in her blog Sagittarius Viking; her photos of Sitegraves Pass make me want to visit it!
Rupali gives us an amazing view of Bergen in the post in Mazeepuran; the climb up Stoltzekleiven must have been arduous, but worth it!
Kammie brings us some great steep locations in her photos in Nut House Central; some of these look like they would be fun to climb!
Cath works hard to overcome her fear of stairs, as we can see from her victory photos in Cath’s Camera; those are amazing locations, after which she has a well-deserved cup of tea…
Jase takes an interesting approach to our theme in a cool post in Proscenium; you’ve got to build it up to make it steep!
Aletta takes us to a wonderful location in her post in Now at Home, as we get a great view of a gannett colony in a special location in New Zealand.
Irene looks down a rather steep drop toward the coastline in a wonderful photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the variety of blue of the water is eye-catching!
Deb showcases another amazing photo in Twenty-Four; the surf beating against the steep rock is stunning!
Teressa certainly visits some gorgeous locations, as we can see in her post in Another LQQK; Gibbons Falls in Yellowstone should be on anyone’s must see locales list!
It’s good to bring your wife with you on the trail, as we find out in Fleeting Muse; on that steep trail, she was a true lifesaver!
Nandini wrote some wonderful ‘steep’ haikus for her post in queennandini; and those climbs are rather steep as well!
The steps of Montmartre are rather steep, as Susan shows in her post in Musin’ with Susan! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; the colors on that hummingbird are truly iridescent!
In a truly interesting post in Sweet Aroma, Oneta shares the wisdom of a child, as the impact of steepness is pondered.
With another set of stunning photos, Robert brings us some rather steep angles in Photo Roberts Blog!
Amy takes us to the top of St. Albans Cathedral in Photography Journal Blog, where she details both the event and her treatment of the image.
Jez looks up in the world, as he finds a wonderful variety of steep views in his post in Jez Braithwaite: this goes to show that there’s more than one way to look at things!
The gorgeous photo in the post in Land of Images brings us to the steep-le of St. Walburge’s Church in Preston; looks stunning!
In this week’s entry in sgeoil we are inspired by John Keats to climb with him the steep, Nature’s Observatory; great photo as well!
Woolly brings us a feature of cows that I had not considered in Woolly Muses: on steep terrain, such as in Switzerland, they have shorter front legs! You’ll want to check this out!
Oh noooo! There’s no doubting that the snow is too steep for some in a wonderful post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; awesome post!
Elizabatz tours the world for amazing, steep locales in her post in Albatz Travel Adventures. There’s one location that I have visited among them; which ones have you seen?
Welcome to the 182nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
The content of your back catalog of images and memories is truly stunning! It was an absolute pleasure to read all of your posts and I very much appreciate the effort that you put into them. I hope that the memories were a fun experience for you as well!
Here is another one from my back catalog…
This is a photo from one of my early posts in this blog (back in 2011); Ball Hill used to be part of my daily commute and produced a great number of amazing views over the years (including the Yoga Tree). On this day the clouds were rolling in and looked to be carrying the threat of more snow…
Please enjoy the following blog posts:
Nicole takes us deep in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme, both in going back to a trip to Romania and the events at that location…
Shelley takes us into a magical fantasy in Quaint Revival, as we go skydiving… on dandelion fluff!
Kammie’s post in her blog, Nut House Central, shares some gorgeous photos; I really love that flower!
Diane shares an amazing collection of flowers in her post in pensivity101: spectacular roses!
In a lovely post in For the Love of…, Anita shares a story of Nature’s impact and asks us why things are left the way they are…
It clearly is good to go back into our catalogs, as the photo in Land of Images is absolutely fantastic!
Another fine example of our photographic skills improving with age is demonstrated in the theOnlyD800intheHameau; great new treatment of this photo!
In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see a beautiful panorama of Shanghai; that rain at home has its benefits!
Irene takes us into the Dunes in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the snow makes for a wonderful landscape!
I’m definitely partial to the mode of transportation that we get to see in Jaspa’s Journeys; it looks like a lot of fun to fly into that cloud…
Na’ama’s posts often have great depth to them, as we can see in her contribution to the theme in Na’ama Yehuda; it is crucial to remember what has happened in the past, so as not to repeat those events…
Viveka goes into her back catalog in myguiltypleasures, and takes us to Biarritz, which is simply stunning! The beach and lighthouse are amazing!
Jackie’s tour from Sydney into the Blue Mountains may have been disappointing, but, as we can see in her post in Junk Boat Travels, there was a redeeming quality!
Maria provides us with a glimpse into what got her started in macro photography in her stunning post in Kamerapromenader; such an exquisite close-up!
Tatiana shares an absolutely gorgeous shot of Mount Rainier in her blog Travelways; it’s being an active volcano is important to remember…
A rather cool approach to the theme is demonstrated in Stine Writing, as the back catalog comes into view!
Jase keeps us on track with a great post in Proscenium, as we’re waiting for that slow train to arrive…
Xenia takes us back to a sunny morning in June in her wonderful post in whippetwisdom; looks like Eivor and Pearl enjoyed it! In a second post in Tranature, we get some gorgeous photos that you need to see!
David brings us a gorgeous bird, the Common Kingfisher, to the spotlight in hist post in David M’s Photoblog; the photo is simply stunning!
Susan takes us back to a memorable event in her post in Musin’ with Susan: a stunning photo of the recent solar eclipse! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan; the photos are fantastic!
Eric shares that it takes climbing 533 steps to get to the view in his post in Up North; I have to say that the view from the top of the Dom in Cologne is worth it!
Jez shows us that it can be very worthwhile to get up early, even on holiday, as the sunrise in Arbroath is stunning in Jez Braithwaite!
Nandini takes us back to the beginning of last year in her post in queennandini, where she was controlling the crowds!
Woolly takes the opportunity to share some of his photo processing technique in a great post in Woolly Muses; I am very impressed by the removal of ‘modern’ elements!!
Amy shares a great deal about the process she used to turn a good shot of Mount Snowdon into an even better image in her post in Photography Journal Blog; check out her post!
Deb shares that she always liked the photo she features in this week’s entry in Twenty-Four; I would agree, as that endless jetty is stunning!
Maria is a newcomer to our challenge and starts off with a great photo in her blog Sagittarius Viking; that is a fantastic shot!
Ken features some unusual (for me, at least) viking grave markers in a magnificent post in Pictures without Film; I would love to see that site!
We get to do a bit of trainspotting in a wonderful post in A Day in the Life; fabulous photos!
I truly enjoyed the images in another great post in My TravelCSP! The train crossing the bridge might be my favorite among them.